Crew Profile: Vance Kaleohano Farrant

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HOMETOWN: Paumalū, Oʻahu
WORLDWIDE VOYAGE LEGS SAILED: Doldrums Sail May 2021: Hōkūleʻa
Vance Kaleohano Farrant from Paumalū, Oʻahu first started sailing on Hōkūleʻa in May 2020 and will soon set sail on Hōkūleʻa’s latest voyage to the Doldrums in May 2021.

To Kaleohano, one of the most important meanings he finds in Hōkūleʻa is the importance of actively practicing and growing ancestral wisdom and healthy relationships in order to care for each other and our homelands. He explains that the greatest beauty of Hōkūleʻa lies not in her physical appearance but in her courage, grace, and resilience in sailing upon the seas that have always connected our ancestors throughout the Pacific and the world, rigorously applying values and skills that have been important in our past and will continue to be important for our collective future.

One of the greatest roles that he sees for voyaging today is its potential to grow understanding, empathy, and partnerships across vast geographic and cultural diversity. Many people talk about creating greater unity among people, yet through voyaging, we engage in the transformative act of physically sailing from place to place, connecting people through hope, joy, and commitment to the health of our communities, our lands, and our oceans.

Although Kaleohana has not sailed overnight, he knows that being on the waʻa is a profound, immersive experience in many respects. Being on Hōkūleʻa means giving attention to the surroundings, the work, and the crew, which generates fulfilling relationships and accomplishments. It can be difficult to find that environment in everyday life today.

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